Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English (Virtual)
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May 4 • 7:00 pm$5.00
Linguist Valerie Fridland, in Like, Literally, Dude, weaves together history, psychology, science, and laugh-out-loud anecdotes to explain why we speak the way we do today. She teaches us that language is both function and fashion, and that though we often blame the young, the female, and the uneducated for its downfall, we should actually thank them for their linguistic ingenuity. Language change is natural, built into the language system itself, and we wouldn’t be who we are without it. Like, Literally, Dude celebrates the dynamic, ongoing, and empowering evolution of language, and it will speak to anyone who talks, or listens, inspiring them to communicate dynamically and effectively in their daily lives.Paranoid about the “ums” and “uhs” that pepper your presentations? Concerned that people notice your vocal fry? Bewildered by “hella” or the meteoric rise of “so”? What if these features of our speech weren’t a sign of cultural and linguistic degeneration, but rather, some of the most dynamic and revolutionary tools at our disposal?
Language change is natural, built into the language system itself, and we wouldn’t be who we are without it. Like, Literally, Dude celebrates the dynamic, ongoing, and empowering evolution of language, and it will speak to anyone who talks, or listens, inspiring them to communicate dynamically and effectively in their daily lives.
Virtual: $5 non-members and members. REGISTER HERE.
Copies of Like, Literally, Dude are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.
About the Author: Valerie Fridland is a professor of linguistics in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She writes a popular language blog on Psychology Today called “Language in the Wild,” and is also a professor for The Great Courses series.
About the Moderator: Tamaya Levy is a Master’s Student of Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University. As an aspiring junior scholar, her research interests include sociophonetics, African American Language (AAL), and raciolinguistics. Her sociophonetics work analyzes speech perceptions and stereotypes toward speakers of African American language. Likewise, she investigates and describes the prosodic processes associated with emotion and how phonological and phonetic variables are realized in AAL.
Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.